Poi out of focus

The above image shows my daughter practicing poi patterns on Margate beach after dark, using a pair of inexpensive LED sticks bought from one of the street vendors.

Poi is a style of performing art where participants swing tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns, usually to the beat of music and dancing at the same time. This art originated with the Maori people of New Zealand, but the modern performance is only loosely based on the traditional Maori poi.

My son was trying to capture the “performance” on film, but he was still struggling to master the complicated settings of his new camera when the poi sticks accidentally touched and shattered. We decided to hang onto this image, for the very reason that it reflects such a charming mixture of in-focus and out-of-focus elements.

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